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Tue Jul 25 2006
Calls: General Ling/Taiwan; Syntax/Germany
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2007 National Conference on Linguistics
Microvariation in Quantificational Structures
Message 1: 2007 National Conference on Linguistics
From: Zheng Shu-Fen <k2694125ncku.edu.tw>
Subject: 2007 National Conference on Linguistics
Full Title: 2007 National Conference on Linguistics
Short Title: NCL2007
Date: 02-Jun-2007 - 03-Jun-2007
Location: Tainan City, Taiwan
Contact Person: Chen Aleck
Meeting Email: ncl2007mail.ncku.edu.tw
Web Site: http://conf.ncku.edu.tw/ncl2007
Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics
Call Deadline: 01-Dec-2006
A) Deadline for submitting abstracts: November 1st, 2006.
B) Notification of acceptance: January 1st, 2007.
C) Deadline for submitting full papers: April 1st, 2007.
A) Domestic or overseas B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. students;
B) M.A. and Ph.D. holders who have received their degrees after November 2005.
(1) The abstract should be submitted online with a maximum of 500 words in
English or Chinese.
(2) Abstracts submitted must represent original, unpublished research.
(3) Electronic submissions will be confirmed by e-mail upon the receipt of the
Message 2: Microvariation in Quantificational Structures
From: Ellen Brandner <eleonore.brandneruni-konstanz.de>
Subject: Microvariation in Quantificational Structures
Full Title: Microvariation in Quantificational Structures
Short Title: DGfS workshop
Date: 28-Feb-2007 - 02-Mar-2007
Location: Siegen, Germany
Contact Person: Ellen Brandner
Meeting Email: eleonore.brandneruni-konstanz.de
Web Site: http://www.dgfs.de/cgi-bin/dgfs.pl/tagung.
Linguistic Field(s): Syntax
Call Deadline: 10-Sep-2006
Workshop at the annual meeting of the German Society for Linguistics:
'Microvariation in Quantificational Structures'.
Standardized (written) languages are known to be rather 'parsimonious' in the
overt encoding of functional structure. One of the (probably) most cited
examples is what is referred to as the 'Doubly filled Comp Filter'. Whereas in
the standardized variant the complementizer is absent, many of the dialects of
German(ic) insist on the overt realization of it:
a. ich möchte wissen mit wem du gesprochen hast Standard German
I want know with whom you talked have
b. i mechtet wissen mit wem dass'd gsprochen hast Bavarian
I want know with whom that-you talked have
c. i tät gern wüsse mit wem dass du g'schwätzt hesch Alemannic
I want know with whom that you talked have
This kind of explicit encoding is found especially in that part of the grammar
that could be subsumed under the name 'quantificational structures'. Some
examples would be 'negation' (negative concord), 'determiner system' (different
types of definite determiners, e.g. no ambiguity between definite and generic
reading), 'quantifiers accompanied by determiners', as in: a jeder (a
everybody), a so a guets bier (a such a good beer), 'question formation' (see
above), 'comparatitives', as in: grösser als wie (bigger as how), among many others.
The investigation of the phenomena of this kind seems to be promising under
(1) The more explicit lexicalization can give us a clue for a finer-grained and
more adequate analysis of the respective phenomena (cf. Matthewsons (2001) on
quantifiers plus determiners).
(2) A comparison between various dialects or spoken varieties can give us new
insights on the amount of (micro-)variation possible within one language (system).
(3) Finally, what can we learn about the properties of the items that tend to
be omitted in standardized languages? Are they in fact 'superfluous'? Is it
the case that they are only omitted if the syntactic environment allows for
recoverability? Do standardized languages show more ambiguities than dialects,
resp. spoken variants?
The latter questions also raise issues beside a formal (detail)-analysis of the
phenomena in question, since they touch also e.g. the difference between written
and spoken language and whether (or to which extent) different parsing
procedures are involved, or, more generally, to which extent are grammatical
coding and parsing principles related to each other?
We invite contributions on the morphosyntax of quantificational structures in
dialects (spoken varieties) presented in all kinds of formal frameworks.
Sjef Barbiers: Meertens Institute, Amsterdam
Ellen Brandner: Universität Konstanz
Helmut Weiss: Universität Frankfurt
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